Tuesday, December 16, 2008

9th graders are AWESOME! :)

This past Sunday we had our 9th grade small group Christmas Party. My co-leader Aimee and I love our 9 girls and have been meeting with them every week for the past 5 months. (Aimee has been with them for a little longer than that) The girls are so funny and make us laugh constantly. I always leave small group thinking- did I have that much energy in 9th grade? I probably did. I loved my small group in high school- we are all still best friends today. :) I am still trying to get through a lesson without them laughing or being loud- maybe it will happen someday. :)

This is Aimee. Love her!! She is a great co-leader!

We had just exchanged gifts. I am telling you- they laugh constantly!

I can't get them to take a serious pic to save my life. Murphy is hiding behind her tree.

Caroline- the sweetest girl ever! She just made Highland Park Belles. (Drill Team...yes- I went to mock tryouts- they had three really hard routines. She is a freshman and she made it- really tough to do!)

Emily, another Emily, Me, Maggie, Alexis

Chloie, Murphy, Caroline

Flinstone for a day....

A month or so ago Patrick and I were honored to be asked to become "Fred Flinstone" and dance with the drill team in the pep rally. This was a big deal for me because it opened an old wound....I did not make drill team in high school because I have the coordination of a stick....I had to suck it up and go out there and be the best "Scarlet Sweetheart" I could be. Ok guys....all of the fear came back to me as I waited for the first 8 count and immediately forgot all the moves I had learned. (which is what happened in Drill Team tryouts 95...."tear") I managed to watch the person in front of me and tried not to embarrass Tiarra who asked me to be her partner. Sadly- Patrick did well and memorized most of the moves. I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

This is Tiarra. I just LOVE her. She always tells me "Stay real Mrs. Haney." --And I really try to stay real.

Not the best look for us. My club was dented. It looks like I have been beating Patrick with it. No one will ever know I guess....
Just kidding- it was dented when I got it.

Areobed....No more!

Yay! We finally have our new bed! It came on Saturday and the Pottery Barn delivery service unpacked it - put it together - AND took all the trash! That is the worst about getting big items delivered- the trash that is left behind. It was so nice. Maggie has enjoyed looking out the window and we have just enjoyed not sleeping on the floor! We have matching curtains to put up on the window behind the bed- just haven't gotten around to putting them up yet.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

7 random facts about me!!!

Hi everyone! One of my bestest friends Darrah tagged me! She is an amazing artist and an amazing friend. Her website is.....

http://darrahgooden.blogspot.com/ Definitely check it out! We have been friends for as long as I can remember and she has walked with me through some really rough times in my life. She also lived with me for 4 years and tolerated my cat Daily who may have had some ill feelings towards Darrah. Thanks Darrah for sticking it out!

Ok....I am supposed to tell you the rules...

1. link the tagger and post the rules
2. post 7 random facts about yourself
3. tag 7 friends and link to them
4. let them know they have been tagged by leaving a nice little message on their blog

I am really random so here goes!

1. I love peanut butter more than anything in the world. I eat it straight out of the jar and I can sit and eat half a jar in one sitting. Peter Pan creamy is my favorite. I love anything with peanut butter in it. Peanut Butter M&M's are my first choice of candy. I used to mix peanut butter and chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave. SO good! Darrah and I made up some weird concoctions when we were roommates with peanut butter, cookie dough, marshmallow creme and chocolate chips.

2. When I was little I collected moss. Yes, I said moss. I am not sure why. I would dig it up and hide it on the roof of the house. I guess I thought it was rare?

3. I am a super hypo chondriach - I always think I have a disease or illness. I am addicted to researching my symptoms on the Internet. Yesterday I thought I had iron- deficiency anemia. I still think I might. If I take a prescription drug...like Zyrtec for example (which I just started for allergies) I somehow get every side effect it lists on the package. All of a sudden I get dry mouth, something swells up, I am nauseous, I have random pain, and I could experience burred vision. It is kind of funny but then kind of not I guess.

4. I am super emotional. I am a huge empathizer. I cry at commercials and just about anything. I also hate seeing homeless animals on the street- I always want to stop the car and rescue them. I actually have done it a few times and once I ended up with this huge old dog in my car slobbering all over the seats. I found his home finally after making some calls. Case closed. One dog saved. :)

5. I am not sure if this is a random fact but I feel like I need to put it out there....confess. I have been talking about "portion sizes" this week in class and how American's just eat too much. The portion sized served at restaurants are just too big- like 3x too big! I talked about "super sizing" and how horrible it is. Ok- so - last night at the Whataburger drive through I got a cheeseburger, fries and then....I "what a sized" it. I know- I am such a hypocrite. I felt like I needed to tell someone other than my students because then everything else I have ever taught them would be a lie. Whataburger has such good fries and I just gave in. Have you had one of their burgers? It is amazing. Their fries are good too- at least the bucket I ate last night was.

6. I used to work at a church nursery when I was 15. I got fired because I talked to much to my friends who would come and visit and not watch the kids. How sad is that. I hope those kids turned out ok.

7. Ok, last one. I think this is pretty random. I love working with high school kids. Not always because some are really disrespectful and that makes me sad, but most of the time I do. I love the stories they have and the things they say. They always find a way to make me laugh. They ask the funniest questions that I would not ever think of myself! They are so honest it is scary sometimes and don't have any problems telling me what they think of my outfit that day. I just have to take it with a grain of salt because I was their age once and I probably did the same thing.

That is me! Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Haney Family Thanksgiving

Ok. Ok. It has been way too long. I wanted to post something...so I decided to post the recent pic of the Haney family at Thanksgiving. His grandmother is 95 years old and an amazing woman. She is sharp as a tac! We love her and were so glad to spend some time with her during the holiday.

We also went to my parent's in Tyler but no pictures. I wish we would have. I do love my family and holiday's at the Hudgins are always interesting. Patrick and I braved the crowds on Friday and went to the Tyler Walmart and Target and of course I had to stop at Marshalls, and of course buy a purse. I love Marshalls. It is so fun to go and see what you can find! I almost bought a dress at Walmart but Patrick said I had 3 more just like it. He was right. I don't know what my facination with black dresses are. I put it back which was a huge victory! Yay for self control.

Our bed frame, who was graciously given to us by my aunt and uncle, has been experiencing technical difficulties lately. Two weeks ago we went and bought a new bed but it won't be delivered until around December 10th. Our backs started hurting so we quit sleeping on our old bed and have been sleeping on the aerobed until our new bed comes in. It has been kinda fun. Like a sleepover- except we are married and not 10 years old. Aerobeds are awesome. We love ours. We pick it up everyday and put it against the wall in the dining room just in case you were wondering if we just left it there. Sometimes I wish we did so I could lay around on it and watch TV but that would be just too down right lazy. We have to keep our dignity! :)

I am not sure if anyone reads this but I promise I am going to post more often. Promise!!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tofu and my new friends

Something you may not know about me: I am the sponsor of the Veggie 411 club. (A.K.A. the vegetarian awareness club.)

Something else you may not know: I am not a vegetarian, I am an avid meat eater and connoisseur.

A few weeks ago was the first meeting I was able to attend here at school. The vice president, Travis, made tofu enchiladas and vegetarian rice krispy teats. They were really good! Kudos to Travis for making the enchiladas- he did a great job!

The president and vp Kelsey and Travis. Veggie lovers and proud of it.

We are having another meeting today afterschool and I was supposed to have it announced during our 2nd peroid annoucements. I totally forgot so when the announcements came on I called the office in a frenzy and said "please announce the vegetarian club has a meeting in my room!!!" Somehow things got jumbled up in the process so when the announced it a few seconds later they said " vegetation club" instead. (I guess that would be a club for plants??) I guess it is about the same thing. Vegetation means plants doesn't it?? Vegetarians eat alot of plants....I guess. Anyway....I am sorry Travis. I will remember next time.
Meanwhile, I just made a frozen vegetable medly for lunch so I could feel a little healthy today. (the three pieces of stuffed crust three meat pizza and the oreo cakester that I scarfed down last night left me feeling guilty this morning) The vegetables, I could barely get them down. Yuck. I apologize Veggie 411 club if you are reading this - I just couldn't do it. I commend you though. You are some good people and I am proud to be your sponsor.
I did manage to find some ham that a student didn't want from their lunch. Whew. I was saved.

Friday, October 10, 2008

How the cookie crumbles.....

I don't know where it all went wrong. I went to college, got a degree, have been teaching for 7 years...but yesterday it all went down in flames. I thought I explained everything to them. I thought they knew how to measure, I thought I was at least a teacher who could get a few good results. You would think that only one kitchen would make a tiny mistake, but when 5 out of six turn out the way they did, I left school wondering if I could make it as a news anchor. ( my dream job in high school) Today's cookies have been alot better today, thank goodness. I feel a bit more sure that I have the ability to teach the kids of the future. I just want to apologize if one day you go to panera and see a few of these on display. I tried.

It was bad y'all. Just plain BAD.

Sneaky little thing....

No comment on this one....

This says it all....

I was having a rough day on Monday and I talked to my sister Virginia and when she came over that night to eat dinner with us she brought me this card. (see below) Let me tell you- it was perfect! I would have already been in therapy if it wasn't for her....she is the sweetest most loving person I know. I always apologize to her because I wasn't the most angelic growing up. I think I got all of the temper and she got all of the "nice". Once I locked her out of the house and went out the back door to the front where she was pitifully sitting alone and pelted her with water from the hose. Why?? Probably because she wasn't doing her chores and I felt like it was my "duty" as the older sister to make sure they are done. I also stuck her toothbrush in vasoline and made her eat a rice cake with mustard on it. There is so much more but I don't want to lose any friends. ( I have asked for forgiveness I promise!) Finally, one day she had had enough. She socked me in the jaw. I will always remember that day. She didn't even get in trouble because mom knew I had it coming.

So, thank you V for all of the therapy over the years! You are always the voice of calm when I need it. I promise to never pelt you with the hose again.

I love you!

Last weekend I was fortunate to meet 6 of my college friends in Austin for a much needed reunion. We had SO much fun. I love these girls! We basically laughed the whole time, brought our old college pictures, ate so much good food and just had a really relaxing time. I feel so blessed to have such great friends. It felt just like college again except we all stayed in the same place. In college we lived right next door to each other. I included pictures of our beautiful house on the river and some pics of us!!!

the kitchen!!
the living room....I fell asleep every night on one of those couches while we were all talking....sorry guys!
view from our back porch

Laura, Me, Shannon
Me and Kel!
Laura, Kel, Darrah
Mere, Me, Kelly
Our back porch...we drank coffee out there every morning
Bev and Kelly!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008


It looks like Maggie has a new friend. I came in to the bedroom the other night and this is what I found! She loves Patrick. She will sit by him and sleep next to him. She does look a little scary in this picture- her eyes are not always so green and goulish!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Maggie has arrived!!

Finally, on Friday afternoon I was able to go pick up Maggie from the animal rescue shelter. All her friends had been adopted and she was the only one left! I am so thankful that no one decided to adopt her because it took Patrick and I two weeks to get everything worked out with our land lords. I had picked her out two weeks ago because she was so sweet and had been abandoned by her owner. She has been really shy the past few days but when you finally get her to come out from under the couch she is SO sweet and cuddly. Today she came out by herself and decided that she was feeling a little braver and tried to drink our coffee, eat our cereal and last but not least.....tried to slide down our new curtains with her claws. Awesome! She really has been alot of fun. Thanks Patrick for a wonderful one year anniversary present!

No, this isn't going to be our Christmas card. I would do it but Patrick would be mortified. :)
(of course I would put a santa hat on Maggie and wrap lights around her to make it more festive but whatever...)

yes, that is my husband acting like another cat on my shoulder.....

This was her first day home. She hid behind the litter box for an hour.

Robin's Engaged!!!!

Friday night was Robin's 30th birthday party and surprise....she got engaged! It was so exciting and I can't wait to help plan for the big day! Robin is one of my dearest friends here in Dallas. We met the first day Darrah and I went to church when we first moved here. Since then our friendships have grown and we have all walked through the past 7 years of life together. I am so happy for Robin....she deserves the best!

Robin with her new beautiful ring!

Me, Robin and Darrah

Karis, V, Me, Robin, Darrah

Darrah and I

Donut Day!!!

My kids are so great! They did such a good job on donut day....I felt so proud! This is only a few out of my 180....They make my job a fun place to be. :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New House!

Yay! We finally have a home! I love our little house and have been working every weekend to get it looking more like "home". I thought I would share a few pictures - it is still a work in progress but it is nice to come home to something other than boxes.